The king is coming in splendor for his bride. He approaches through fields made green from the spring rains. The desert is abloom with color (6). The king’s aroma is myrrh and incense. The bride’s heart rejoices and giggles with affection, “Look!”
The king is not alone. Sixty noble warriors are with him (7). Their dress is exceptional, ready to battle; strong, sturdy, and handsome. Their swords strapped by their side, they are skilled in battle (8.). No night terror can remain when the king glides in with his warriors. Doubt, worry, and self-pity flee. The night is passed. The king has arrived.
The king rides in grandeur on a rickshaw, an ornate carriage made for a special occasion. Two silver poles rest on the shoulders of warriors. Silver posts support a purple canopy. The base is gold. The interior is lovingly inlaid by the delicate hands of pure maidens (10).
The king wears a crown made by his mother (11). She approves of his marriage to the Beloved. The king is coming for his bride. His heart rejoices.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” (Matthew 25:31-33)
“For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:27-31)